The man accused of shooting and killing 17-year-old Garrett Sands is back in court today

A plea hearing is set for a man accused of shooting and killing his friend.

Posted: Mar 5, 2019 9:53 AM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI)- A plea hearing is set for a man accused of shooting and killing his friend.

Nathan Derickson is expected to be in court at 11:30 a.m. That's after filing a motion to change his plea on Friday. 

Police say Derickson shot and killed 17-year-old Garrett Sands. He is facing charges of reckless homicide charges. 

Terry Modesitt, Vigo County prosecutor, expects this plea to be guilty. 

Derickson claims it was an accident. With the new development, Modesitt says this is positive, especially for the family. 

"They have agreed and actually had a lot to say about what the terms were with the plea agreement," Modesitt said. "They consented that they wanted this plea agreement to be made."

Derickon's trial is still scheduled for March 19.

News 10 will continue to bring you updates both on-air and online.

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